Thieves and vandals are breaking into automobiles in Briarwood, and 107th Precinct cops are seeking the public’s assistance in putting a dent in the trend.
“[It is] the biggest crime I see in this section,” said Capt. Michael Coyle, commanding officer of the 107th, last Thursday at the Briarwood Civic Association meeting. “This community, for whatever reason, is a target.”
Coyle, who took over for Deputy Inspector Stephen Cirabisi in August, placed a bit of the onus on the public, remarking how in some of the break-ins crooks seized high-value items that were prominently displayed inside the vehicles, including a $20,000 ring in the center console of one car and a laptop on the backseat of another.
Some residents also related to Coyle that windows on their autos had been smashed, or exteriors keyed, yet no items were removed.
“There is an element in every neighborhood who have nothing better to do than cause some type of havoc,” Coyle noted.
Additionally, the 21-year NYPD veteran said his command recently arrested a homeless vagrant and “career criminal” in connection with several break-ins, but that officers are still actively pursuing another person of interest in the pattern who has been seen driving a New Jersey-registered 1998 red Ford Taurus, license-plate number PZN52G.
“If you see the car, please call 911,” Coyle requested. “We’re doing what we can to catch this guy.”
ýater, Coyle reported that there haven’t been any developments in the investigation of two incidents in October when three women were sexually assaulted near the intersections of 160th Street and Normal Road, and Pershing Crescent and Manton Street. Cops issued a sketch of a suspect, but no substantial leads have been generated.
“In my opinion, this guy is gone,” Coyle said, adding that cops have been working intensely on the case. “He hasn’t been arrested, but he hasn’t struck since [October] 17th.”
Coyle emphasized the benefits of the city’s 311 system for his precinct because it supports his approach as a “hands-on” commander, and his strong belief in the police-community partnership.
“It hurts me when you guys get hurt,” the friendly Coyle related. “If you make a call and let us know something, then I can direct a response.”